Over at cincyjungle.com, Kirk takes a look at the current turmoil in D.C. and asks if the Bengals could pull out a victory Sunday against the Redskins.
Under normal circumstances, I would agree there’s an “outside shot” of that happening, but circumstances are far from normal in Cincinnati. The team, particularly the offense, is a wreck. The Bengals can’t move the ball and can’t score, even against mediocre defenses, and the Redskins come into the game ranked fifth in the league defensively. Another massacre seems inevitable.
At least QB Jeff Rowe won’t have to worry that he could be called upon to get “debacled” behind Cincinnati’s atrocious offensive line. The Seahawks have reportedly grabbed the former fifth-round pick off of the Bengals’ practice squad. LT Levi Jones also appears to be done for the year. Unfortunately for DE Antwan Odom, the team’s prize free agent acquisition last offseason, his injury has healed, so he gets to go back out and, thanks to the offense’s inability to generate first downs, spend all day on the field getting worn out with the rest of the D.
For those keeping an eye on next April’s draft pick, there are some games to watch (or, at least, check the final scores of) this weekend. 2-11 Seattle faces off against 2-11 St. Louis Sunday. Barring a tie, that means that even if the Bengals do unexpectedly win, the worst they could drop to is fourth. A victory by 4-9 Cleveland (playing Philly) or 4-9 Jacksonville (against Green Bay) would push those teams to 5 wins and thus below the Bengals’ best possible record of 4-11-1. If both win, the Bengals are guaranteed to select no lower than sixth.